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Make Your Fontbonne Promise

Thank you for becoming a part of The Fontbonne Promise. You are making the dream of an education a reality.

Fontbonne Promise Partners commit to supporting one student with $10,000 per year for five years so they can graduate debt-free. When you become a Fontbonne Promise Partner, you will be paired with a student who directly benefits from your generosity.

Company gift matches, stock gifts or combined support from multiple donors are accepted.

Take the first step in becoming a Fontbonne Promise Partner today. Contact Wendi Valenti at 314-889-4712 or

Student at graduation ceremony.

Economic Impact

Your gift to support The Fontbonne Promise is not only an investment in individual potential, it’s a commitment that supports the greater St. Louis community. Consider this:

  • The average bachelor’s degree holder contributes over a lifetime $278,000 more to local economies than the average high school graduate.
  • Graduates of smaller private colleges tend to be more civically-engaged than their peers at other types of institutions.
  • Seventy-five percent of Fontbonne graduates choose to stay in the St. Louis area after graduating — much higher than the 42 percent average.
  • The government and taxpayers have a strong incentive to boost college attendance and completion given the country’s challenges with growing student-loan debt. The Fontbonne Promise helps alleviate this liability for students and communities.
  • First-generation graduates of smaller private colleges are more likely to vote and volunteer time to their community than their peers from public universities.
  • Only 41.6 percent of 25+-year-olds in St. Louis have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Fontbonne Promise Scholarships

Below is a list of our current Fontbonne Promise Scholarships. These scholarships are made possible by our generous donors who give in support of high-achieving, low-income Missouri students who wish to attend Fontbonne University. 

Becker Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

Eckelkamp Fontbonne Promise Scholarship

Kwame Foundation Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

Pressimone Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Brian Abel Ragen, Ph.D. Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Carol Conway Spehr ’63 Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Caspari, Evans, Palumbo Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Douglas Koch Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Emerson Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 
– For Missouri students who reside in North St. Louis County 

The Gipson Family Foundation Scholarship for the Fontbonne Promise for Catholic Education 
– For students from St. Louis Catholic high schools 

The Jean Fitzgerald Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Joan and Pat Kelly Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Kevin and Patti Short Promise Scholarship

The Mary K. and William G. Abkemeier Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 
– For students who wish to earn a degree in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science

The McGinley Family Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 

The Mike and Karen Gedera Fontbonne Promise Scholarship

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority Fontbonne Promise Scholarship

The Tom and Kate ’65 Gunn Fontbonne Promise Scholarship

The William H. Danforth, M.D. Fontbonne Promise Scholarship 


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